Category Archives: JEOletter Nr. 01 / April 2008

Editorial

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Editorial

Editorial

Welcome to this first JEOletter from the Jesuit European Office (OCIPE)!

OCIPE was founded in 1956 mainly to reflect on European questions and provide information to Church organisation and the general public. Over the years the information took different forms, generally through printed journals and sometimes more extensive publications. The internet allows us now to spread information by new means, in our case this free JEOletter. Continue reading

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The Exterior of Religion

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Open door

Open door

The Exterior of Religion: a Human Sciences Perspective
Guido Dierickx

The religious phenomenon continues to stimulate fierce debates. The shallowness of many of these debates should be deplored and the book “De Buitenkant van de Religie: een Menswetenschappelijke Rondleiding” aims to upgrade their quality, well aware of the risks of this ambition. For some the book will be too friendly to religion, for others too unfriendly. Yet such an intervention in several current debates is what this book has in mind. Continue reading

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Requirements for a real dialogue

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Dialogue

Dialogue

Requirements for a real dialogue
Peter Knauer

Seen from outside, a dialogue might often seem as something like a quarrel. One might even think that it doesn’t serve peace if somebody claims truth for his or her thinking. St. Luke describes the scribe who asked Jesus for the main commandment as somebody standing up only to test him (Luke 10,25−37).

St. Mark describes the same scene as it were from within (Mk 12,28−34), and he makes of it the model of a dialogue. The scribe wishes to know what Jesus thinks and holds for true. “Which, in your opinion, is the main commandment?” The answer of Jesus is the connection of loving God and loving the neighbour. Continue reading

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Africa’s sustainable development

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Artisanal mining - image (by-nc-sa): Frank Turner

Artisanal mining - image (by-nc-sa): Frank Turner

The European Union and Africa’s sustainable development
Frank Turner

‘Sustainable development’ means development that meets the genuine needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is built on three pillars: economic growth; environmental preservation or improvement; and social responsibility. These three elements, however, will be differently weighted in different situations. Continue reading

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Comprendre et agir

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Comprendre et agir

Comprendre et agir

Comprendre et agir dans la société multiculturelle
Claude Debbichi

Prenant acte du fait que la diversité culturelle de l’Europe ne cesse de croître, le Parlement européen et le Conseil ont décidé de promulguer l’année 2008 “Année européenne du dialogue interculturel“. Celle-ci poursuit des objectifs divers: favoriser la rencontre des cultures pour prévenir des discriminations préjudiciables au développement économique et social de l’UE, soutenir le dialogue interculturel partout où il pourrait contribuer à la construction d’un mieux “vivre ensemble” en Europe, renforcer une identité et une citoyenneté européennes, étayer la politique étrangère de l’UE etc. Continue reading

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From Slovenia to Brussels

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From Slovenia to Brussels

From Slovenia to Brussels

Dear Brussels,
I would like to address this letter with the title:

I feel Slovenia

I feel Slovenia

and with a rather strange subtitle: from B to B.

I feel Slovenia is the slogan of the Slovenian Tourist Board with which Slovenia wants to make its place in the “European house” more recognisable. Hopefully, it will succeed in this task well.

First of all, I would like to tell you that I feel embarrassed in writing a letter to you. I never thought I would be asked to write a letter to a city. A stimulating challenge, but to be honest, it sounds as impersonal, as many EU institutions are to most Slovenian citizens. I will try my best, since it is not an easy task. There are too many thoughts, doubts, experiences on my mind. Continue reading

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50 years ago

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50 years ago

50 years ago

Le temps passe, les défis demeurent
Claude Debbichi

Permettons-nous un petit retour à la première réunion de l’Assemblée parlementaire européenne (ancêtre du Parlement européen), le 19 mars 1958. Robert Schuman, élu président quelques heures plus tôt, évoque les défis que l’Assemblée devra relever si elle veut être efficace et crédible.

” L’Assemblée parlementaire dans l’Europe des Six… a été le banc d’essai d’une vie démocratique élargie à l’échelle européenne, ce qui lui a permis de renforcer constamment son influence politique en exerçant un contrôle parlementaire sur l’action de la Haute Autorité. Continue reading

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